I didn't sauté the onion; instead I put the chicken broth in the pan and added the onion along with carrot, celery, apple and a bay leaf and simmered for about 35 minutes. After removing the bay leaf, I added the pumpkin, drained beans, salt and pepper. For spices I added nutmeg and cinnamon and used the immersion blender. Removed from heat source and added about 1/4 cup fat free creamer. It was delicious!